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Vol. 17, Issue 3 - Week of January 15, 2018

3 Tips on working smarter, not harder this year Abridged: Forbes

SEATTLE, WA -- Time Yourself. The more you time yourself, and gain more self-awareness into how long a particular type of task takes you, the more time you will be able to actually identify and re-purpose in your schedule.

Don't Start From Scratch. Don't continue to re-invent the wheel. Instead, find and modify templates you've utilized in the past, or find examples and templates online. This allows you to leverage other people or other resources to reach your goal as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Leave Yourself A Note. Whenever you need to stop a task before its completion, leave yourself a note. The note should detail where you stopped, so you can jump back in without wasting time backtracking to remind yourself where you left off and what you planned your next step to be.

Create A New Email Strategy. E-mail is one of the largest productivity killers that often leads to people working hard not smart. Create a folder for every day of the week. During the designated time frames in your day for checking emails, either delete new e-mails or place them in the day of the week folder in which you plan to respond. The goal is to never have any emails in your inbox, but have them all delegated to a specific day of the week.

Work smarter and land a job over the competition Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- These days, to land a job over the competition, you have to work smarter. The hard part is to get your resume read by the right people at the right time. Good jobs aren't on the market very long. To succeed your resume has to be available to the employer the moment they decide to fill a position.

One easy way to be found by employers who are looking to hire someone with your skills, is to post your resume on all the top job sites and niche job boards. This is a proven, documented method of successful job searching. While it may take a fair amount of time to find and fill out the forms of all these sites, you will definitely multiply your chances of landing a job.

If you want all the benefits without all the work, you can let a service like Resume Rabbit do it for you. You fill out one simple form and they'll instantly post your resume on up to 78 top job sites like Job.com, CareerBuilder, America's Job Exchange, Dice & more. Then you'll be seen by over 1.5 million employers & recruiters daily. It takes ONLY 5 minutes and saves 60 hours of research and data entry. Instantly post your resume on all the top job sites, to find a job faster.

Tips for staying positive while job searching Abridged: The Balance

CHICAGO, IL -- Create a Daily Job Search Routine: Wake up early, take a lunch break, and end your job search activities before dinner. Creating a regular routine, and keeping your job search organized, will keep you focused and motivated. Find Time to Not Think About Your Job Search: Set aside time each day to forget about your job search and do something you enjoy, like going for a walk (exercise is an important way to de-stress!) or going to a movie.

Volunteer: Helping others is a good way to help you feel more purpose-driven. Find a volunteer organization that's related to your personal interests, or even to your career. Volunteer organizations also provide an opportunity for networking. Set Reasonable, Concrete Goals: At the start of each week, make a list of specific, manageable goals that you would like to achieve. By focusing on small, achievable goals, you will feel more accomplished throughout your job search.

Celebrate Small Victories: Focus on even the smallest wins. Be proud of yourself for getting a phone interview. Pat yourself on the back when someone comments positively on your blog post. Celebrating the small wins will help you focus on the positive. See Everything as an Opportunity: For example, think of each cover letter as the chance to hone your writing and editing abilities. Simply thinking of tasks as opportunities rather than chores will put you in a positive mindset.

Your 2018 job search checklist Abridged: The Savvy Intern

ST. PAUL, MN -- List What You're Thankful For: Attitude impacts everything in your job search. Give yourself an attitude boost by listing five things that you're thankful for in your life. Even when times are tough, you can likely find a few things to be grateful for.

Create a Daily Goal List: A simple checklist of no more than three goals can help you stay on track, give you a sense of productivity and allow you to feel a sense of accomplishment as you check off the items. Even better, an organized, consistent approach to your search is also more likely to result in a job. Revisit Your Finances: Exercise some control over the money you're currently spending. If you don't know where your money goes each month, make it a priority to figure it out now. Once you know how much money you require to live, you can look at tradeoffs in terms of your job search.

Determine Your Minimum Standards: If you have been looking for a job for a long time, you may have fallen prey to well-meaning friends and relatives who suggest that you take any job, even one outside of your field or below your desired salary. Depending on your situation, this might be good advice. But proactively thinking about the timetable and plan that works for you will help you to manage your job search as well as respond to your friends in a deliberate way.

Get help finding a recruiter in your industry Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS, ANGELES, CA -- When looking for a job, you may want to consider networking with a recruiter. Recruiters, otherwise known as head hunters or search consultants, are hired by companies to find candidates for them, and often know about unadvertised jobs.

It's important to note, that recruiters do not charge the job seeker. The company pays a fee, typically when a candidate is hired. When contacting a recruiter send a resume and cover letter just as though you were applying for a job. If a recruiter calls you, always call back - even if you are not currently job hunting. You never know when circumstances might change and you might need job search assistance.

If you don't know of any good recruiters and/or want to instantly have your resume sent to 1000's of recruiters that specialize in people with your skills, we have a suggestion for you! One service, Resume Mailman, can email your resume to 1000's of targeted recruiters. Resume Mailman asks you to fill out some general information and input your resume. Then, your information is delivered to recruiters who specialize in finding jobs for people with your skills, in your area! Get your resume delivered to recruiters in your industry today.

5 Tips to improve your job interview skills Abridged: JobMob

HOUSTON, TX -- To ace the interview, here are a few tips that will help increase your chances of making it through to the job. 1) Dress for success: Yes, kind of cliche, but wearing a suit, and all the accessories makes for a professional appearance. Dressing in shocking color schemes or in jeans and a t-shirt will likely not impress the interviewer.

2) Acknowledge and maintain eye contact with everyone: When being interviewed by a group, if you look at only one or two of the interviewers, you risk alienating those you did not maintain eye contact with. 3) Research the company before the interview: Not knowing much about the company is showing a lack of respect and will likely destroy the applicant's chances of getting the job. If you know about the company and find a way to mention how your skills fit their current and five-year plans, you will stand out from the others receiving interviews.

4) Ask questions that uniquely connect with the company's goals: During the research phase, look into the company's current initiatives and short/long term goals. Then, in the interview, ask the interviewer(s) how they see the open position playing into those goals and initiatives. 5) Send thank you notes: Thank you notes sent to interviewers can make a great, lasting impression especially when it's sent within 24 hours and it's a handwritten note.

[VIDEO] The secret to acing your next job interview Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Did you know that when the job market was booming it took an average of 3 interviews to get 1 job offer? Now it takes 17! When you finally land the job interview of your dreams will you have what it takes to land the job offer? You must stand out during the job interview or you might as well be playing the lottery.

Most job seekers spend hours creating their resumes and cover letters, searching through job postings, reviewing classified ads and networking--all in order to land the job interview. Yet 99% of them don't have a clue what to do when they get one.

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How to answer "Where do you yourself in 5 years?" Abridged: The Muse

BOULDER, CO -- This can feel like a bit of a trick question, because sometimes the answer is, "not in this job," or, "in your job," or something like, "at a bigger better opportunity elsewhere." But none of those are responses you want to say to a hiring manager. The good news is you can be honest while still telling them what they really want to know. Do you have realistic expectations for your career? Are you ambitious? And does this particular position align with your growth and goals overall? For example: Think about where this position could realistically take you, and how that aligns with some of your broader professional goals.

So, for example, you might say, "I'm really excited by this position at Midnight Consulting because in five years, I'd like to be seen as someone with deep expertise in the energy sector, and I know that's something that I'll have an opportunity to do here. I'm also really excited to take on more managerial responsibilities in the next few years and potentially even take the lead on some projects. I've been lucky enough to work with some amazing managers, and so developing into a great manager myself is something I'm really excited about."

So, what if this position is not a one-way ticket to your professional aspirations? It's okay to say you don't really know what the future holds, but you see how this experience could really help in making that decision.

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